As a child I realized that I wanted to be an accountant, it would be perfect. I loved math, and I had visions of sitting in an office, working with numbers and solving problems, all by myself – uninterrupted by people – all day! It was everything I wanted in a job.
Yes, I am an introvert – one of those individuals that enjoys time alone (you may have noticed; there are a lot of us in accounting). Don’t get me wrong, I love time with friends and enjoy getting to know new people, but generally in more intimate, familiar groups, and not as often, or for as long as my more extroverted friends. However, I discovered, after I obtained my accounting degree, that business and the world in general, values, encourages and rewards extroversion more commonly than introversion. And so I have spent much of my life feeling different because I don’t necessary enjoy small talk.
This gives you some perspective into why I was so excited to discover and read a book by Susan Cain – “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” – this amazing book “argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so.” I have to say, I think Ms. Cain and her research is amazing (mostly because it celebrates my kind), and I recommend this as required reading for everyone. Introverts will finally feel validated and extroverts will gain an understanding of those individuals in their life that don’t accept every invitation to be with large groups – sometimes to, “gasp,” stay at home, ALONE!
If you can’t commit to the book or want to find out more about this before you do… watch the Ted Talk with Susan Cain. It’s 20 minutes of brilliance! No substitute for the book, but wonderful on its’ own.
By the way, I discovered that although even accounting involves human interaction, I love it (both accounting and the humans I interact with) and I made the perfect profession choice. I truly enjoy time spent with my fellow employees and clients (as an auditor, I have fewer clients and the opportunity to get to know each of them better) – but I still like to sit in my office and “crunch numbers” too.
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